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Following the Money

Brian Klepper Posted 12/06/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog On The Health Care Blog, veteran analyst Vince Kuraitis reviews a report from the consulting firm Oliver Wyman (OW), arguing that the trend toward reconfiguring health systems to deliver more accountable care is … Continue reading

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Medicare Providers Don’t Want Less Revenue

Roger Collier Posted 2/9/12 on Health Care Reform Update The Congressional Budget Office’s January issue brief on the failure of almost all of more than thirty Medicare demonstration projects to cut costs generated considerable discussion. Judging from the reactions of some health … Continue reading

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A Thousand Dollars Says Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Is Wrong About ACO’s Long Term Prospects

Jaan Sidorov Posted 2/1/12 on the Disease Management Care Blog Approximately 15 years ago, the Disease Management Care Blog was a speaker at a conference with an audience mostly made up of managed care leaders. It boldly argued the nation’s … Continue reading

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Accountable Care Organization Regulations – The ACO is a Camel, Not a Unicorn

David Harlow Posted 10/31/11 on HealthBlawg The final Accountable Care Organization regulations are out, the initial flurry of commentary is out (including my own ACO webinar with simultaneous  #ACOchat tweetchat -available for download/replay soon; slides here now: “ACOs, Bundled Payments and the Future of Health Care“), … Continue reading

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ACOs: The Good and the Bad

To muted applause and some sighs of relief from providers, HHS released the final ACO regulations last week.  The final version superseded the much-criticized draft regs published several weeks earlier. This previous draft was widely regarded as imposing overwhelmingly complex … Continue reading

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CMS Wants Docs To Ante Up To CMS Poker Game

Michael Millenson Posted 10/20/11 on Forbes In a high-stakes political, clinical and economic poker game that goes by the name of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just issued a call for doctors and hospitals to grab some … Continue reading

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Employers Perceive that Health Plans Add Value to ACOs

Vince Kuraitis First posted 9/29/11 on e-CareManagement Blog A just released study from Aon Hewitt and Polakoff Boland — 2011 Employer Driven Accountable Care Organizations Survey Report— examines employer attitudes toward ACOs.  The report provides useful insights into an area that hasn’t yet received much … Continue reading

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Another Skeptical ACO Paper

Jaan Sidorov First posted 9/19/11 on Disease Management Care Blog Adding to a continuing drumbeat of skepticism about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Gail Wilenksy offers a “sobering” Perspective in the New England Journal about their underlying business model.  She draws on the lessons of … Continue reading

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Don’t Kick a Unicorn When It’s Down

David Harlow First published 6/3/11 on Health Blawg There has been a significant outcry against the proposed ACO regs: everything’s wrong and nothing’s right about them, or so some would have us believe.  (The comment period is still open, and CMS is still soliciting … Continue reading

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Is the ACO DOA? Reasonable Minds Can Improve the Draft Regulations

David Harlow First published 5/17/11 on HealthBlawg In the current all-ACO, all the time, health care policy news cycle, we’ve been inundated with declarations that the ACO is dead, because a handful of big boys say they don’t want to play.http://healthblawg.typepad.com/Continue reading

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Cheryl et al Report on CMS’ ACO Regulations

Paul Levy First published 5/11/11 on [Not] Running a Hospital Cheryl Clark and her colleagues at HealthLeaders Media have put together a special report on the industry’s response to CMS’ proposed Accountable Care Organization regulations. This a helpful survey that supplements unsupported comments from people like … Continue reading

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ACO Rules “Impenetrable”

Merrill Goozner First published 4/19/11 at Gooz News Michael Millenson, a health care consultant who many moons ago worked as I did at the Chicago Tribune, has offered a scathing critique of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed rules for setting … Continue reading

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ACO Fairy Tale Faces a Rumpelstiltskin Moment

Michael Millenson First published 4/19/11 on Kaiser Health News The ACO fairy tale is drawing perilously close to an unhappy ending. The government’s long-awaited draft regulations on Accountable Care Organizations have brought a dose of ugly reality to a concept that’s always … Continue reading

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Changing the Game on Health Care Costs

Robert Laszewski First published 4/10/11 on Health Policy and Marketplace Review Last week, I posted that I was disappointed in Paul Ryan’s health care budget proposal because it lacked cost containment ideas other than the usual conservative reliance upon the … Continue reading

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Why ACO’s Won’t Work

Robert Laszewski First published 4/7/11 on Health Policy and Marketplace Review First, I think Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a great idea. Just like I thought HMOs were a good idea in 1988 and I thought IPAs were a good … Continue reading

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